If you are a highly sensitive person (HSP) or think you might be a highly sensitive person, I am glad you have arrived here! I would encourage you to take the self test to see if you have the trait of high sensitivity if you have not done this before. You can self-test for it and see if you might have the trait by clicking on the following website link: HSP Self Test. Conclusive determination of whether you have the trait or not will be determined best then by speaking with an HSP-knowledgeable therapist such as myself.
High sensitivity or sensory-processing sensitivity (as it's called in scientific circles) identifies an inborn biological trait in about 20% of the population, found equally in men and women. If you think of the word DOES and what each letter stands for in the word, you will be well on your way to understanding more about this trait. Even if you do not have the trait, it is helpful to those highly sensitive to know more about it. Here are the qualities of someone with the trait:
• Deeply processes information • Overstimulated with less information, in less time • Emotionally deep experiencing • Sensitive to subtleties in the environment
If you think of high sensitivity as a package deal, where you realize the benefits as well as the life considerations to keep in mind in having the trait, this goes a long way towards shaping your life in honor of your sensitivity. Many people whom I see identify as being highly sensitive, determined through my assessments and their self-testing positive for the trait. I truly enjoy helping those who identify this way and are ready to start shaping their lives in honor of it. As a highly sensitive person myself, I can so relate to being highly sensitive, and my life has only gotten better as I continue to honor it and advocate for myself as a highly sensitive person. I would enjoy helping you do the same.